Prapanchan passes away, Renowned Tamil writer Prapanchan (S Vaidyalingam), who was battling cancer, passed away at a private hospital in Puducherry today.
He was 73. Prapanchan is survived by his wife Pramila Rani and three sons. A Sahitya Akademi award winner, Prapanchan is credited with writing many acclaimed novels.
Prapanchan worked as a Tamil teacher in a Thanjavur school and worked as a journalist in several Tamil weekly and fortnightly.
Prapanchan was born in Pondicherry and did his schooling there. His birth name was Vaidyalingam. His father ran a toddy shop. He attended the Karandhai College and graduated as a Tamil Vidwan.
He started his career as a Tamil teacher in Thanjavur. He also worked as a journalist in Kumudam, Ananda Vikatan and Kungumam.
In 1961, he published his first short story Enna ulagamada in the magazine Bharani. He was influenced by the Self-Respect Movement. He has published 46 books so far. In 1995, he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for Tamil for his historical novel Vaanam Vasapadum set in the times of Ananda Ranga Pillai.
His works have been translated into Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, German, French, English and Swedish. His play Muttai is part of the curriculum in Delhi University and his short story collection Nerru Manidhargal is a textbook in many colleges. He is married to Pramila Rani and they have three sons. He lived in Chennai and Pondicherry.